Feminist placards: the language of protest

Banners have a way of bringing together feminists from all walks of life. We’ll look at a handful of these and examine the power of their feminist language.

8 September 2021 by Laura Kelly

10 British English phrases

There are some phrases in British English which anyone who didn’t grow up in the UK would struggle to understand. We’ll outline a handful of these and explain their meanings and origins. 

6 August 2021 by Laura Kelly

The science of swearing

Why do we swear? We’ll outline some of the science behind swearing. Read until the end to find out how cursing could actually be good for you.

5 February 2021 by Laura Kelly

Forgotten festive English words we need to use this season

As a gift to our fellow word nerds, we’ve compiled some amazing and little-known festive English words. 

16 December 2020 by Laura Kelly

New entries in the OED: March 2020

What are the latest entries to the OED in March 2020, and what do they mean? How do words get into the OED? 

26 March 2020 by Laura Kelly

5 Shakespearean words we should use more often

You might be surprised about how many everyday words and phrases come from Shakespeare. But what about the less common words?

3 December 2019 by Laura Kelly

Watch your tone – how to write content that connects

We all know the phrase: “It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it.” How can you connect to your reader on a personal level?

5 August 2019 by Laura Kelly

Readability at the UN: why is speech clarity important?

Readability is of great importance when writing speeches and communicating with others. How are the principles of readability used at the UN?

23 April 2019 by Laura Kelly

The Fry readability graph

The Fry formula is one of several developed in the 1960s for speed and efficiency. Find out how this graph can help you improve your readability.

8 April 2019 by Laura Kelly

The IELTS test

IELTS is a standardised proficiency test. It can be used to reach a global audience. Find out how IELTS is calculated and how you can best use it. 

1 April 2019 by Laura Kelly

The Powers Sumner Kearl formula

The Powers Sumner Kearl formula was developed in the 1950s by a group of readability experts. Find out how you can use it to improve your writing. 

27 March 2019 by Laura Kelly

The Raygor readability graph

The Raygor readability graph is a formula which calculates the reading grade level of a text. Find out how it's calculated and how it can best be used.

25 March 2019 by Laura Kelly